The Lodge at Vail

The Lodge at Vail, A RockResort Unveils Major Renovations

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Nov. 24, 2014 – Vail’s most historic 52-year-old hotel, The Lodge at Vail, A RockResort debuts the final phase of its renovations just in time for powder skiing over the Thanksgiving holiday – Vail Mountain has received more than two feet of snow in the last 48 hours and is expecting several more inches of snow this week. The renovations bring the hotel up to par with both its unrivaled location in the heart of Vail Village and the modern luxury its guests expect in a travel experience.

“The Lodge at Vail is a favorite spot among Vail visitors for its location, just steps from the new Gondola One, as well as its alpine chalet charm and impeccable service,” said James O’Donnell, Vail Resorts senior vice president of Lodging and Real Estate. “This transformation will bring the iconic boutique hotel to the forefront of Vail’s evolution, providing guests with modern comfort and chic alpine décor.”

The Lodge at Vail’s International Wing of hotel rooms underwent renovations in 2008, and now the renovation of the hotel’s remaining 56 hotel rooms, corridors, main stairways and lobby complete the hotel’s transformation. Partners at NeoStudio, who designed Elway’s and the pool renovation last year, were responsible for the architectural design, and Oz Architecture handled the interior design elements.

“Given The Lodge at Vail’s prominence in the Vail market, from both a historic and location perspective, we needed to balance the history and quirkiness of the iconic building with the demands of today’s luxury traveler,” said Michael Noda, NeoStudio founding partner. “That meant creating a design concept that paid homage to the existing historic structure and integrating soft alpine tones, natural materials and modern technology.”

The scope of this renovation includes interior finishes, furnishings, soft goods, lighting and the installation of air conditioning.

  • Colors – The color palette and materials are appropriate for a historic building, but chosen for their luxurious, modern qualities. The rooms feature light walls and soft alpine tones that are reflective of the hotel’s mountain surroundings, and a far cry from bright graphic color palettes popular in many modern hotels. The soft palette is complemented by dark wood accents and tasteful, subdued accent colors throughout the fabric of pillows, bedding and window coverings.
  • Textures – Natural, authentic textures were key to creating a design aesthetic that balanced the soft color palette and speak to the luxury of the hotel. Bedding and other soft goods incorporate luxurious textures, carpeting is soft wool, and seating fabrics, wall coverings and the dark wood is aligned with the property’s history and regional materials.
  • Technology – Working with a historic property has its challenges from a technology perspective, so The Lodge at Vail’s design creatively incorporates technology in its furnishings. The new headboards include power outlets, USB ports and reading lights that are expected for today’s technologically-savvy travelers. The new in-room TVs are larger and are all compatible with Apple and Samsung products for future smart TV offerings.
  • Artwork – The refreshed corridors are adorned with historic images of skiing and Vail that reflect The Lodge’s vintage, alpine flavor as Vail’s first hotel. Artwork in the guest rooms bring in a splash of color with a bright floral pattern.

In addition to the guest rooms and corridors, the lobby also has a fresh, new look while maintaining the historic charm of the arches above the porte-cochere and check-in desk, as well as the wood-stained grand staircase. The new design builds upon these iconic features with a striking chandelier, framed by a circular form in the ceiling as a centerpiece, as well as refreshed colors, textures, lighting, furniture and artwork. Another prominent element of the new lobby is a large built-in monitor above the check-in desk that can display artwork, as well as guest-centric messaging like events, snow reports, group welcomes, etc. There is also a new bell desk and concierge desk, including technology that enables guests to print their tickets in the lobby before heading out for a day of skiing.

In August, as renovations got underway, The Lodge at Vail donated everything from the 56 hotel rooms to Habitat for Humanity of Eagle and Lake Counties, including lamps, artwork, mirrors, chairs, mini-refrigerators, beds and more. The donation filled six trucks and marked the largest-ever resort donation to the non-profit.

Last summer, the hotel’s popular pool area was renovated, including two large side-by-side, in-ground hot tubs with a gas fireplace; furnishings; stonework and landscaping; two additional gas fire pits; a sound system with the ability to cater music to guests’ needs; heating for year-round access; and a full-service bar and commercial kitchen.

This past winter, one of the two on-site restaurants, Cucina at The Lodge at Vail, also received a facelift to its bar area. Cucina is famous for its hearty breakfast buffet and après ski by its outdoor fire pit, but will also be open for dinner during this winter season serving mountain comfort cuisine. In 2011, Elway’s Vail opened at The Lodge at Vail. Named for former Denver Broncos quarterback and NFL Hall of Fame Inductee John Elway, Elway’s Vail is the restaurant’s first location outside of Denver and the third location in the collection.

“Adding to our revitalizations of the pool area and the Cucina bar this year, as well as the International Wing guest rooms and ballroom and new RockResorts Spa and fitness center in 2008, this final phase of renovations completes The Lodge at Vail’s makeover, enhancing the overall guest experience,” said Ben Tutt, new general manager of The Lodge at Vail.

“I am thrilled to be back in Vail, walking the halls where I played as a child when my father ran the hotel. It’s a wonderful opportunity to walk in his footsteps and see this beloved property be beautifully transformed with modern amenities, while also maintaining the authentic charm and cozy ambiance our loyal visitors have come to love.”

About RockResorts®

RockResorts, a wholly owned subsidiary of Vail Resorts, owns and operates luxury resorts that offer casually elegant accommodations, lavish RockResorts Spas, renowned golf courses, award-winning dining and a variety of exciting outdoor adventures. The RockResorts collection includes The Arrabelle at Vail Square and The Lodge at Vail in Vail, Colo.; The Osprey at Beaver Creek and The Pines Lodge in Beaver Creek, Colo.; One Ski Hill Place in Breckenridge, Colo.; Constellation Residences at Northstar in Lake Tahoe; and Half Moon in Rose Hall, Jamaica.

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Elizabeth Howe Named Senior Director, Vail Mountain Operations

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Elizabeth Howe Named Senior Director, Vail Mountain Operations

VAIL, Colo. – Dec. 17, 2013 – Vail Mountain, one of the largest ski resorts in the world, announced today the appointment of Elizabeth Howe to the position of senior director, mountain operations.

Howe spent 20 years in operations at Telluride, beginning as a lift operator and eventually rising to vice president of resort operations, a role in which she managed Telluride’s ski patrol, snow making, grooming, lift operations, lift maintenance, parks, events and fleet maintenance, the same functions she will lead for Vail Mountain.

“I’m excited to welcome Elizabeth to our Vail Mountain team,” said Chris Jarnot, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Vail Mountain. “I’m confident that her experience and leadership abilities will be assets for us in continuing to differentiate Vail as the greatest mountain resort experience in the world.”

In her role at Telluride, Howe also served as director of the Telluride World Cup Organizing Committee in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, a position which will lend itself to events like the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships and the upcoming 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail and Beaver Creek. She has also worked with organizations including the National Ski Areas Association, the Colorado Passenger Tramway Safety Board and the United States Forest Service.

Howe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Loyola University Chicago.

For more information about Vail Mountain visit www.vail.com, or call (970) SKI-VAIL (754-8245).

About Vail Mountain
Coveted as one of the largest ski resorts in the world with more than 5,200 acres of skiable terrain, seven legendary Back Bowls spanning seven miles, and the most groomed terrain on the planet, Vail has been an extraordinary winter vacation destination for passionate skiers and snowboarders for more than 50 years. It is home to world-class athletes during the U.S. Ski Team early-season training sessions in Golden Peak, the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships and the future 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships. Under blue skies more than 300 days each year, friends and families reconnect and celebrate here from year to year and generation to generation. The vacation experience is exceptional, from the Vail Ski & Snowboard School to events, activities and festivals, shops and spas, abundant culinary experiences and luxurious accommodations. Coupled with the vision inherent in the spirit of Vail’s founders, and a modern day commitment to excellence in all aspects of guest service and operations, Vail is a mountain resort like nothing on earth. www.vail.com.About Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN)
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company’s subsidiaries operate the mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Canyons in Park City, Utah; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company’s subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is www.vailresorts.com and consumer website is www.snow.com.

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Ski the World for a Lifetime

Thanksgiving at Vail Village, Vail Colorado.

Thanksgiving at Vail Village, Vail Colorado. (Photo credit: paulswansen)

The Epic Race to Ski the World for a Lifetime Season Pass Begins Nov. 22, 2013

  • The Epic Race challenges Epic Pass holders to ski and ride 26 iconic mountains in four countries, including the U.S. (Colorado, Utah, Lake Tahoe, Minnesota and Michigan), Switzerland, France and Austria
  • Registration for The Epic Race opens Nov. 1 at http://epicrace.epicpass.com 

News of Vail Resorts’ Epic Race quickly spread across the skiing and snowboarding world, spurring much plotting, aspiring and fundraising. The Epic Race is a season-long competition to visit all 26 resorts spread across four countries that make up the Epic Pass. The reward: The first 10 participants to complete the adventure win a lifetime Epic Pass. The race officially begins Nov. 22, 2013.

Starting Nov. 1, 2013, contestants can find all the rules and register to Ski the World by visiting http://epicrace.epicpass.com. Each racer will need to ski or ride all 26 resorts on the Epic Pass (Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin and Eldora in Colorado; Canyons in Park City, Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe; Afton Alps, Minnesota; Mt. Brighton, Michigan; Verbier, Switzerland; Arlberg, Austria – St. Anton, Lech, Zürs, St. Christoph and Stuben; and Les 3 Vallées, France – Courchevel, La Tania, Méribel, Brides-les-Bains, Les Menuires, Saint Martin de Belleville, Val Thorens and Orelle). Registration closes Nov. 17, 2013. Epic Racers will be asked to document and share their experience at each resort to be eligible to win. After all resorts have been visited, all content will be verified.  Winners will be determined upon completion of the race and verification of compliance with the Official Rules.

“We threw down the gauntlet,” said Kirsten Lynch, chief marketing officer of Vail Resorts. “If you can ski the world – 26 iconic mountains in four countries – you’ll ski for life. The winners will need resolve, determination and the wherewithal to navigate numerous adventures around the world. But most of all, you’ll need an Epic Pass.”

To help Epic explorers on their journey, Vail Resorts has compiled this Top 10 list of things needed to enter the race:

  1. An Epic Pass (available at www.epicpass.com).
  2. A valid passport.
  3. A GoPro (or some other way to capture the three pieces of content required as proof of visitation).
  4. A Facebook and YouTube account.
  5. Lots of Facebook friends who can like the content and follow it at #EpicRace.
  6. An English-to-French-to-German dictionary.
  7. Someone to watch your dog for a month or two.
  8. A super-understanding spouse/significant other/loved one.
  9. A good boot bag (You can always rent skis but NEVER check your boots – this could be a race ender).
  10. Lots and lots of wax.

“The experiences the Epic Racers will share from across the world will prove beyond a doubt that the Epic Pass is the industry’s best and most valuable pass” said Lynch.

The Epic Pass features unlimited, unrestricted skiing and riding at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin and Eldora in Colorado; Canyons in Park City, Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan. Furthermore, Epic Pass holders have the opportunity to extend their skiing and riding adventures from the U.S. to Europe with five free days at the renowned mountain resorts of Verbier, Switzerland, five free consecutive days at Arlberg, Austria and five free days at Les 3 Vallées, France. Vail Resorts is offering the industry’s best-selling season pass at $729 for adults and $379 for children (ages 5-12). For more information about the 2013-2014 season pass line-up or to purchase a pass online, visit www.epicpass.com.

Not up to the challenge this season? Follow the #EpicRace on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and at www.epicrace.epicpass.com.
 

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Breck Announces Series of Events

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English: View of Lake Chutes at the Breckenridge Ski Resort from the top of Peak 8. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Breck Announces Series of Events for Opening Week Celebration

Breck Announces Series of Events for Opening Week Celebration

Breckenridge Ski Resort Has Announced a Week-Long Series of Events Designed to Generate Excitement and Public Engagement Leading up to Opening Day of the 2013/14 Ski Season, Fri. Nov. 8

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. — Oct. 14, 2013 —Breckenridge Ski Resort today announced a week-long series of celebrations leading up to the start of the 2013-14 ski season. This year, Breck opens for their 52nd season for skiing and riding on Friday, November 8, 2013, and starting Nov. 1, Breck will host a series of promotions designed to generate excitement, culminating with Opening Day.

THIS YEAR’S BRECK OPENING WEEK EVENT SCHEDULE:

SIX DAYS OF SIXES SCAVENGER HUNT
With this year being the Inaugural Season of the new Peak 6 expansion, Breck is inviting the public be part of the excitement by hosting a scavenger hunt across the Front Range. Breck will hide six large wooden carvings in the shape of the new Peak 6 logo in six different Colorado counties, and the first guests who locate them will win the chance to ride First Chair of the season at Breck!  The public has from Sat. Nov. 2 through Thurs. Nov. 7 to try and find them. Keep an eye on Breck’s official Instagram feed (@breckenridgemtn) for clues as to where the sculptures are hidden and clue into your Sixth Sense to try and track down where the prizes are located!

“WAKE UP BRECK” ANNUAL EVENT
On Thursday, Nov. 7, Breck will host the resort’s annual “Wake up Breck” promotion, with Breckenridge Ski Resort management on hand to give out free coffee and exclusive commemorative Breck mugs throughout Breckenridge at local coffee shops. The giveaway begins at 7:00 a.m. and only continues while supplies last! This year, Town of Breckenridge staff will also be on hand distributing the town’s new free reusable shopping bags.Find the list of participating coffee shops at Breckenridge.com/Wake-Up-Breck.

OPENING DAY FESTIVITIES
Guests are invited to head to Peak 8 early on Friday, Nov. 8 to celebrate the resort’s 52nd annual Opening Day! The first several hundred guests in attendance will get to partake in free breakfast items, including Bavarian cream stuffed nutella éclairs, courtesy of the Ski Hill Grill, Nature Valley Soft Baked Oatmeal Squares, complimentary coffee provided by Starbucks, and other prizes courtesy of Breck’s official partners. Additional festivities will include a special tribute to honor United States service men and women as part of Veterans’ Weekend. For the full Breck Opening Day schedule, and updates on what terrain will be open, as well as to purchase the lowest-priced lift tickets guaranteed, visit Breckenridge.com.

2013/14 PARKING INFO
Breck’s Gondola Parking Lots will be $5 during the week (Mon-Thurs), $12 on weekends (Fri-Sun) and during Peak days; the Beaver Run Parking Lot will be $15 daily and $20 on Peak days. Free parking is always available in Breck’s Airport Road parking lots. Carpool and Save! Drive up all season long with four or more people in a vehicle for a $5 discount on parking at the Gondola Lots and Beaver Run Lot.

PEAK 6 INAUGURAL SEASON
This year will be the inaugural season for the opening of Breck’s newest peak, Peak 6.  The opening of Peak 6 represents the largest ski area terrain expansion in the past decade, and the first at Breckenridge since the Peak 7 expansion in 2002. The new terrain will be opened based on snowfall and more specific dates will be released as the season progresses.

BOOK YOUR BRECK TRIP & SAVE
Breck rewards the early birds: book your trip to Breck by Nov. 15 (just seven  short days after the resort opens) and guests can take advantage of these discounts to stay any time this season:

  • Stay 1-3 nights: Get 15% off
  • Stay 4-6 nights: get 20% off
  • Stay 7 nights or more: get 25% off

Choose from a number of properties, from an in-town condo or townhome to a slopeside hotel room, to a chalet in the mountains. With 543 additional acres of terrain to ski, two more chairlifts to ride, and unprecedented views of the TenMile Range, this is the year to get to Breck. Visit www.Breckenridge.com to take advantage of this deal today; it’s only available for a limited time.

For full details on all the events taking place during Breck Opening Week, visit www.Breckenridge.com.

2013/14 WINTER SEASON PASSES
Vail Resorts’ season pass lineup offers the best value for the 2013-2014 winter season. All current prices on Vail Resorts season passes are guaranteed for a limited time only. Formore information about the 2013-2014 season pass line-up or to purchase a pass online, visit www.epicpass.com.

STAY CONNECTED
Visit Breckenridge.com for terrain updates, snow reports, lodging deals, event details and the lowest priced lift tickets guaranteed. Stay connected all season long and learn more about Breckenridge Ski Resort at www.facebook.com/Breckenridge or follow @breckenridgemtn on Twitter.

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2014 U.S. Alpine Ski Team Announced at Copper Mountain

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English: The East Village at Copper Mountain, Colorado. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

2014 U.S. Alpine Ski Team Announced at Copper Mountain
Copper Mountain snowmaking begins in preparation for 2013-2014 winter season

COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. — Snowmaking began Tuesday morning on the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper Mountain in preparation for the U.S. Alpine Ski Team to begin their road to Sochi training on Colorado snow. Copper Mountain’s opening day is Nov. 1, only 31 days away. The full team of Olympic hopefuls, including Ted Ligety (Park City, UT), Bode Miller (Franconia, NH), Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) and Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) will be introduced Nov. 8 during Nature Valley First Tracks Alpine Team Naming – a free all American pep-rally open to the public to kick off the ski and snowboard season. The full day event allows fans to catch the U.S. Ski Team training, participate in a fan-led parade and official naming ceremony, followed by an athlete autograph session and headlining live music in Burning Stones Plaza, located in Center Village.

One lucky winner will receive a trip for four to Copper Mountain for the U.S. Ski Team First Tracks event weekend. The grand prize package includes round trip airfare courtesy of Delta Airlines, three nights of lodging at Copper Mountain Resort, shuttle transportation to and from Denver International Airport, lift tickets, four U.S. Ski Team Spyder jackets and a GoPro camera package. Fans can enter now at U.S. Ski Team and Copper Mountain Facebook pages, no purchase necessary. Ten runner-up winners will receive two VIP credentials to the First Tracks event, allowing special access to training viewing at the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center, the ceremony and the all-American blow out celebration. Entries to the First Tracks Giveaway will be accepted until Oct. 17.

HIGHLIGHTS
• Snowmaking has begun on the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper Mountain with the first day of training and opening day targeted for Nov. 1.

• The 2013-14 U.S. Alpine Ski Team will be publicly introduced Friday, Nov. 8 during Nature Valley First Tracks at Copper Mountain, CO.

• Olympic hopefuls, including Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) Bode Miller (Franconia, NH), Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) and Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) will be among the nearly 50 athletes featured.

• The free celebration kicks off the road to Sochi and ramps up the ski and snowboard season at Copper Mountain.

• Fans can watch the athletes train on the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center throughout the day, then gather for Nature Valley First Tracks starting at 4:30 p.m. MT in Center Village.

• Fans can sign up to win a VIP trip to Copper Mountain for First Tracks on the U.S. Ski Team and Copper Mountain Facebook pages.

• The U.S. Ski Team Speed Center features 87 HKD automatic snowmaking guns designed to blanket the only full-length downhill training facility available for training at this time of year.

NATURE VALLEY FIRST TRACKS SCHEDULE (all times local and subject to change)
Friday, November 8

Vendor Village in Burning Stones Plaza, located in Center Village
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

U.S. Ski Team Speed Center Viewing (East Village)
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

“Believe in U.S.” Poster Party (CCC – Ptarmigan Rooms)
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Nature Valley First Tracks (Burning Stones Plaza)
4:30 –5:00pm

Copper All American Concert (BSP)
5:00 – 8:00pm

QUOTES
Ted Ligety, Olympic gold medalist and four-time World Champion
The U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper was a huge step forward in supporting ski racing in North America. It’s cool to now see that support evolve into a fan event that kicks off our road to Sochi and celebrates the start of the ski season.

COPPER MOUNTAIN
Jesse True, Vice President of Marketing and Sales
Copper Mountain is the early-season location stateside where guests can experience Olympic Mania in the days leading up to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. We are honored to host the U.S. Ski Team First Tracks event, kicking off the team’s Olympic season.

NATURE VALLEY
Michelle Peterson, Associate Marketing Director
Nature Valley is excited to kick off the road to the 2014 Winter Olympics at Copper Mountain with the U.S. Ski Team. The opportunity to meet the team in such a unique environment will be extremely special. We invite everyone to grab some First Tracks, meet the team, and have fun on the mountain with us…and don’t forget your Nature Valley granola bar!

Lock in snow days for the 2013/14 winter season with the Copper Season Pass and Copper 4-Pack, on sale now. Visit www.CopperColorado.com for more information.

Visit CopperColorado.com for terrain updates, snow reports, lodging deals, event details and more. Stay connected all season long at www.facebook.com/CopperMtn or @CopperMtn on Twitter.

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U.S. Forest Service Approves Copper Mountain’s Capital Improvements

Copper Mountain Ski Area This morning.

Copper Mountain Ski Area This morning. (Photo credit: paulswansen)

U.S. Forest Service Approves Copper Mountain’s Capital Improvements for 2013-2014 Season

• Phase I construction underway for Copper’s High Alpine Project: The 12’s

• New lifts improve terrain access and allow for earlier openings of advanced terrain

• Preview The High Alpine Project’s Phase II

COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. — Copper’s High Alpine Project: The 12’s is a multi-year enhancement of the resort’s high alpine skiing and riding product including expanded terrain, improved lift access and additional cat skiing operations, all designed to elevate the mountain experience for advanced, intermediate and expert level skiers and riders. The 12’s encompass three towering peaks with elevations in excess of 12,000 feet: Tucker Mountain, Union Peak and Copper Peak. Capital improvements for the 2012 -2013 season were recently approved by the U.S. Forest Service and construction is currently underway and will be completed for the 2013-2014 winter season.

Phase I of the High Alpine Project includes the upgrade and replacement of the Storm King lift. Copper Mountain guests will see a new t-bar lift in its place, providing access to the unforgettable skiing and riding in Spaulding Bowl, Upper Enchanted Forest and Copper Bowl. The new Storm King lift will offer a substantial upgrade doubling the up-hill lift capacity from the original lift. Also, Copper Mountain has announced “Celebrity Ridge,” a new surface lift at the top of the Sierra chairlift providing easier access to Union Peak, Union Meadows, West Ridge and Copper Bowl, located adjacent to the top of the Mountain Chief chairlift. Copper’s commitment to The 12’s also includes improved ski out in Spaulding Bowl and terrain re-grading within the Sierra area, allowing the high alpine terrain at Copper Mountain to open earlier and stay open longer.

Phase II of Copper’s High Alpine Project includes future enhancements to current terrain offerings and more acreage. This includes lift-service to expert steeps, (currently hike-to snowcat access on Tucker Mountain) as well as a snowcat accessed terrain expansion. The popularity of the terrain accessed by the resort’s free Tucker Mountain Snowcat led Copper Mountain to propose installation of the Tucker Lift. Over 260 skiable acres, presently accessed by the Tucker Mountain Snowcat, will become lift-served in this stage of the High Alpine Project.

“Copper Mountain has always been recognized for its naturally divided terrain, north facing slopes and superior beginner and intermediate terrain. With The 12’s, we are focused on improving access and adding acreage to some of the best high alpine skiing and riding Colorado has to offer. The 12’s provide our loyal guests, who love skiing and riding the high alpine, the opportunity to experience over 1,000 acres of advanced intermediate and expert terrain above tree line. They will be amazed at the improvements we have made and will continue to make to enhance the high alpine experience unique to Copper Mountain,” said Gary Rodgers, Copper Mountain’s President and General Manager.

Copper Mountain is still committed to providing an exceptional learning and beginner experience and fun, challenging intermediate terrain, in addition to improved access and new options for advanced skiers and riders with The 12’s.The mountain is laid out from east to west, and the terrain naturally progresses from easiest to most difficult. The gentle terrain that defines the west side of Copper Mountain provides a natural, progressive learning environment, while the east side of the mountain features long, steep runs. The 12’s will not alter the natural layout or award-winning trail system that is part of the reason Copper is considered an ideal destination for skiers and riders of all levels. For more information please visit www.CopperColorado.com/12s.

Lock in snow days for the 2013/14 winter season with the Copper Season Pass and Copper 4-Pack, on sale now. Visit www.CopperColorado.com for more information.

Visit CopperColorado.com for the latest information on winter pass products, lodging steals and more. Stay connected all season long at www.facebook.com/CopperMtn or @CopperMtn on Twitter.

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Lindsey Vonn’s ‘School of Shred’ is Back

English: Lindsey Vonn after winning the Downhi...

English: Lindsey Vonn after winning the Downhill World Cup title (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lindsey Vonn‘s ‘School of Shred’ is Back Offering Colorado 5th and 6th Graders Four Free Days of Unrestricted Skiing and Snowboarding

BROOMFIELD, Colo.—School is back in session and so is Vail Resorts’ and Lindsey Vonn’s “School of Shred” program, offering 5th and 6th grade students the best deal on skiing and snowboarding in Colorado with four free, unrestricted days on the snow at each of its Colorado resorts – Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone – plus four free days at Arapahoe Basin. In addition first-timers will receive one complimentary beginner ski or snowboard lesson and rental equipment that can be used from Dec. 2-15, 2013 or Jan. 5-31, 2014 as part of “Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month.” Parents can enroll their 5th and 6th graders in the “School of Shred” program now through Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013.

The “School of Shred” program was introduced by Vail Resorts in 2008 and is designed to help inspire a lifelong passion for the outdoors and an active lifestyle for kids throughout Colorado. Principal of the “School of Shred” is none other than decorated alpine ski racing champion and Olympic gold medalist, Lindsey Vonn.

“Vail Resorts ‘School of Shred’ program is a great way to help encourage kids to stay active by getting them outside and on the mountain,” said Lindsey Vonn. “It’s so important for kids to get involved with sports in general at a young age. To be able to offer them the opportunity to ski and snowboard for free is something I think all Colorado kids and families should take advantage of this winter.”

To sign up to receive the “School of Shred” pass for 5th or 6th graders, a parent or guardian must present documentation proving eligibility – such as a report card, school ID indicating grade level for the current school year, or a valid birth certificate – at any resort season pass office or any Front Range Vail Resorts’ Epic pass sales location this fall. Students must be present at the time of purchase to get their photo taken for their Vail Resorts “School of Shred” pass.

Front Range pass sales locations include Colorado Ski and Golf (Aurora, Arvada, Colorado Springs and Littleton), Colorado Ski and Sports in Park Meadows, Boulder Ski Deals, Breeze Ski Rentals in Lakewood, and Outpost Sunsport in Fort Collins.

For more information visit www.schoolofshred.com or call 800.842.8062.

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Vail Valley Partnership and 2015 Organizing Committee

Vail Valley Partnership and 2015 Organizing Committee Create Road

to 2015 Cooperative Buy-In

Eagle County Businesses Offered Preferred Pricing to Participate in Co-Op

North side of Vail Mountain, and Vail Valley.

North side of Vail Mountain, and Vail Valley. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Vail, CO) – Today, Vail Valley Partnership (VVP) announced that in partnership with the 2015 World Championships Organizing Committee, the two organizations will offer Eagle County businesses the opportunity to participate in the Road to 2015 World Championships Vail-Beaver Creek Cooperative Buy-In.

This initiative provides local businesses and organizations a chance to advertise during the 2013 men and women’s World Cup races, as well as the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. The 2015 Organizing Committee is charged with coordinating all aspects of the two-week Championships.

The buy-in provides local businesses and organizations preferred member pricing during events that will garner unequivocal media attention on a global scale – an opportunity that might not be possible for members without the cooperative element. Participating members will be able to choose from a number of different sponsorship opportunities, including volume sponsorship during this year’s early season World Cup men’s and women’s races, as well as the 2015 Championships.

“The Partnership is thrilled to collaborate and join forces with the 2015 Organizing Committee to offer special World Cup weekend and 2015 World Alpine Ski Championship sponsorship opportunities to our members,” said Chris Romer, president and CEO of Vail Valley Partnership.

The Partnership and the 2015 Organizing Committee will host a complimentary social on Tuesday, September 10, at Bol from 5:30-7:30 p.m. to provide an update and answer questions on sponsorship opportunities available. The social will include food and drinks and is open to any and all interested businesses.

“We wanted to host a casual, fun, social gathering with our partner VVP, as a way to say thank you to all the community businesses that support the 2015 World Championships,” said Mike Imhof, Senior Vice President of Sales and Operations for the Vail Valley Foundation and Director of the 2015 World Championships. “We want to get to know new community partners and share some exciting updates and opportunities for both the 2013 ladies and men’s World Cup races and the 2015 Championships.”

For more information on the Cooperative Buy-In Opportunity, please contact Vail Valley

Foundation sponsorship sales managers Ross Herr at 906-869-7118, rherr@vvg.org or Jessica

Stevens at 817-726-5186, jstevens@vvf.org.

About Vail Valley Partnership:

Vail Valley Partnership is a 501(c) (6) nonprofit organization that serves as the chamber and destination marketing organization for Eagle County, Colorado and the Vail Valley. Vail Valley Partnership (VVP) is a regional leader in sustaining and enhancing the Vail Valley as a tourism destination. Through group and leisure sales efforts, the VVP takes on a leadership role to bring groups, meetings, events and visitors to the Vail Valley for both the economic benefit of the member businesses we serve and the overall economic vitality of the community. In 2012, the Partnership’s destination sales and marketing efforts resulted in $69,000,000 of direct spending in the Eagle River Valley. For more information on the Vail Valley Partnership, please visit

http://www.vailvalleypartnership.com/.

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Breckenridge Releases Results of Peak 6 Trail Naming Contest

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Breckenridge Releases Results of Peak 6 Trail Naming Contest

Public helps select names for ski industry’s biggest expansion of the last decade; 25 winners chosen out of 1,800 submissions from 43 states and 19 countries

The results are in, and the Breck Nation has awakened its sixth sense, as Breckenridge Ski Resort today unveiled the results from the resort’s Peak 6 public naming contest. These winning names will be used on actual trails at Peak 6, set to open this season at Breck as part of the biggest unveiling in the ski industry this year.

For the first time ever, Breck created a contest to crowd source the trail names for the much anticipated Peak 6 expansion. Fans of Breck from around the globe had the opportunity to submit their most creative name ideas that related to the theme of “Awaken Your Sixth Sense” via the resort’s Facebook page.

In all, 25 public submissions were chosen by the resort’s selection committee to become part of history on Peak 6.  Over 1,800 people submitted names from 43 US states and 19 different countries, demonstrating the clear tie the public has with both Breckenridge as a resort and Peak 6.

“The public has been very involved and passionate about our Peak 6 project right from the very beginning,” said Pat Campbell, Breckenridge SVP and COO. “We thought it would be a great idea to continue that public involvement and tap into the engagement of our guests from around the world to help brand the mountain.”

The public involvement process around this project is believed to be the largest naming initiative of its kind ever attempted for a ski resort.

From names like “Intuition” to “Unbound” to “Reverie,” the variety of responses received were as diverse as they were numerous.  “We were blown away by both the volume and quality of the responses we received,” noted Breckenridge Resort Marketing Director, Kieran Cain. “We were able to name over 75 percent of the new trails through the contest.”

Snowboarding at Breck gives me the most zen feeling, even more than yoga,” Katie Gallagher of Denver said of her submitted name, Sanctuary. “I want some of the run names to convey that – that perfect moment cruising down the perfect run when everything is in harmony!”

Jeremy Carlson, of Louisville, Colo. submitted the name Liberation, with the description: “Come off the chairlift, get a 360 degree view. Start to glide any direction you want—the powder beckons in every direction. Before you have to commit to a glade or a trail, enjoy the sun, the sky, and the pure unfettered liberation of this moment!”

Those whose names were selected as winners will receive a Breckenridge Ski Resort replica trail sign with their winning trail name emblazoned upon it, as well as lift tickets to come ski Peak 6 this season. Any winners who make the trip to Breck this year will also have the opportunity to participate in a free photo session with their real trail sign up on Peak 6.

Breck Peak 6 Trail Name Contest winners and their submissionsare as follows. In the case of multiple entries of the same name, the first person to submit it was selected as the winner.

  • Sanctuary– Katie Gallagher; Denver, Colo.
  • Epiphany– Henry Rust; Dillon, Colo.
  • ESP– Jeff Berthiaume; Fort Collins, Colo.
  • Savor – Eric Wagnon; Jupiter, Fla.
  • Echo– Lane Thaut; Englewood, Colo.
  • Rapture– Karen Rosasco; Centennial, Colo.
  • Yugen– Nathan Young; Merrifield, Minn.
  • Sublime – Karen Galenski; Breckenridge, Colo.
  • Irie– Garrett Braddock; Fredericktown, Ohio
  • Chi– Kelsey Turcotte; Lexington, KY.
  • Bliss– Katie Odens: Boulder, Colo.
  • Intuition– Sjoerd Idema; Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Unbound – Ashley McGilvray; Longmont, Colo.
  • Awakening– Anita Franklin; Broomfield, Colo.
  • Liberation– Jeremy Carlson; Louisville, Colo.
  • Foresight– Brian Vautin; Arvada, Colo.
  • Breathless – Bryan Rooney; Vail, Colo.
  • Wonderland – Kirk McGilvrey; Longmont, Colo.
  • Nirvana– Michael Matz; Omaha, Neb.
  • Daydream– Phyllis O’Grady ; Denver, Colo.
  • Déjà vu– Mark Rosasco; Centennial, Colo.
  • Euphoria– Rick Hartman; Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • Wanderlust– Adrienne Smith; Breckenridge, Colo.
  • Zendo– Caroline Condon; Breckenridge, Colo.
  • Lost Horizon– William Vasko; McMurray, Penn.

The 2013-14 Breck trail map, featuring the entire new layout for Peak 6 as well as the rest of the resort, will be publicly released on Oct. 21 exclusively on the Breck Facebook page. Become a member of the online Breck Nation and like Breck at Facebook.com/Breckenridge in order to preview and download the all-new trail map before it is released to the general public. 

About Peak 6
This season, Breckenridge will have one of its most exciting years ever, as the resort adds over 540 acres to its famous landscape via the Peak 6 area just north of Peak 7 for the 2013/14 ski season. Peak 6 will include 400 acres of lift-served terrain and 143 acres of hike-to terrain, representing a 23 percent increase in the resort’s skiable acres. This is one of the most notable ski area expansions globally in the past decade, and will feature high-alpine, intermediate bowl skiing – a rare find in North America.  The projected opening day for the Peak 6 lifts and terrain will be announced early during the winter season as construction comes to a conclusion and the snow begins to fly. Visit www.Breckenridge.com/Peak6 for the latest on the Peak 6 project or visit www.YouTube.com/Breckenridge to view the latest episode of the Breck video series Inside the Construction of Peak 6, presented by GoPro.

2013/14 Winter Season Passes:
Vail Resorts’ season pass lineup offers the best value for the 2013-2014 winter season. All current prices on Vail Resorts season passes are only guaranteed through Oct. 13, 2013. Formore information about the 2013-2014 season pass line-up or to purchase a pass online, visit www.epicpass.com.

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About Breckenridge Ski Resort
With five huge peaks, 2,901 acres, four terrain parks, a 22ft Superpipe, 11 bowls, the highest chairlift in North America, family-friendly terrain and a world-class ski school, all situated above an authentic, hip mountain town with awe-inspiring views, there are good reasons why “Breck” is one of the most popular ski resorts in the Western Hemisphere. And new for 2013 – Breck welcomes Peak 6, the biggest resort expansion in the last decade. Renowned for the welcoming spirit and friendly character of their locals, with over 200 restaurants, bars, and shops, and numerous year-round activities and events, Breck embodies more than just a destination, inspiring a way of life.  www.breckenridge.com.

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Vail Resorts Announces The Epic Race

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Vail Resorts Announces The Epic Race, Offering an Epic Pass for Life to Guests Who Can Ski the World: 26 Resorts in Four Countries in One Season

  • The Epic Race challenges pass holders to ski and ride 26 iconic mountains in four countries, including the U.S. (Colorado, Utah, Lake Tahoe, Minnesota and Michigan), Switzerland, France and Austria
  • Up to 10 winners will receive an Epic Pass for life
  • Registration for The Epic Race opens Nov. 1 at www.snow.com/epic-pass/info/epic-race.aspx

BROOMFIELD, Colo.– This season Vail Resorts announced that the Epic Pass now includes 26 mountains in four countries.  And now Vail Resorts is calling all globetrotting, Epic Pass-holding, die-hard skiers and snowboarders for The Epic Race – a 2013-2014 season-long competition to visit all 26 resorts spread across four countries that make up the Epic Pass. The first 10 people to complete the race will receive an Epic Pass for life.

“When we launched the Epic Pass with six resorts in 2008, I said our guests wouldn’t be able to out-ski or ride this pass,” said Rob Katz chairman and chief executive officer of Vail Resorts. “Five years later, after adding three more countries and 20 additional resorts, we’re throwing down the gauntlet. If you can be one of the first to ski the world, you’ll ski for life.”

Starting Nov. 1, guests can register to Ski the World by visiting www.snow.com/epic-pass/info/epic-race.aspx. Each racer will need to ski or ride all 26 resorts on the Epic Pass (Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin and Eldora in Colorado; Canyons in Park City, Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe; Afton Alps, Minnesota; Mt. Brighton, Michigan; Verbier, Switzerland; Arlberg, Austria – St. Anton, Lech, Zürs, St. Christoph and Stuben; and Les 3 Vallées, France – Courchevel, La Tania, Méribel, Brides-les-Bains, Les Menuires, Saint Martin de Belleville, Val Thorens and Orelle). Epic Racers will be asked to document and share their experience at each resort they visit to be eligible to win.  All the content from the Epic Racers will be available at www.snow.com/epic-pass/info/epic-race.aspx.

“If there was any doubt that the Epic Pass is by far and away the snowsports industry’s best and most comprehensive pass, the experiences these contestants share should put the question to rest,” said Katz. “What other pass allows you to enjoy the steep and deep of the Sierra Nevada, the amazing powder of the Wasatch, the majesty of the Rockies, the urban hills in Michigan and Minnesota, the interconnectivity of the French Alps and the world’s largest linked ski area, the unmatched off-piste skiing and riding of the Swiss Alps, and the birthplace of modern Alpine skiing technique in the Tyrolean Alps?”

Epic Racers will be responsible for their own expenses in undertaking the Epic Race and no racer will be permitted to ski or ride more than one resort per day in the U.S. and two resorts per day in Europe to ensure they capture and enjoy the full experience of each mountain.  Race winners receiving an Epic Pass for life will be able to ski or ride only the resorts accessible via the Epic Pass in that given year.  All rules and guidelines will be posted on www.snow.com/epic-pass/info/epic-race.aspxon Nov. 1 and included in the registration materials provided to guests.

The Epic Pass features unlimited, unrestricted skiing and riding at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin and Eldora in Colorado; Canyons in Park City, Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan. Furthermore, Epic Pass holders have the opportunity to extend their skiing and riding adventures from the U.S. to Europe with five free days at the renowned mountain resorts of Verbier, Switzerland, five free days at Arlberg, Austria and five free days at Les 3 Vallées, France. Vail Resorts is offering the industry’s best-selling season pass at $709 for adults and $369 for children (ages 5-12), but these prices are only guaranteed through Oct. 13, 2013. For more information about the 2013-2014 season pass line-up or to purchase a pass online, visit www.epicpass.com.

“The Epic Pass is more attractive than ever, not just because of the access it provides to 26 mountains in four countries, but also because of the unprecedented on-mountain improvements of $130-140 million across our resorts for the upcoming season,” said Kirsten Lynch, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Vail Resorts. “Not since the opening of Blue Sky Basin at Vail have we seen such a significant terrain expansion at a Colorado ski resort as with the addition of Peak 6 at Breckenridge. We’re also adding a new high-speed six-person lift in Mid-Vail to get guests into the Back Bowls faster and opening a new on-mountain restaurant at the base of Beaver Creek’s famed Birds of Prey race course. And then there’s the fourth generation of EpicMix – Epic Academy – which offers a unique way to earn and share your accomplishments in our world-class ski and ride schools.”

About Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN)
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company’s subsidiaries operate the mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Canyons in Park City, Utah; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company’s subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is www.vailresorts.com and consumer website is www.snow.com.

 

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